Will Smith Says He ‘Fell in Love’ with Costar Stockard Channing During His First Marriage

Will Smith with Stockard Channing

Will Smith with Stockard Channing

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Will Smith is sharing a extra weak aspect of himself in his new memoir Will, together with how he “fell in love” along with his Six Degrees of Separation costar Stockard Channing throughout his first marriage. 

Smith — who had simply welcomed son Trey along with his then-wife Sheree Zampino — remained in character even whereas off the set of the 1993 movie. As his romantic emotions for Channing grew, their relationship remained skilled, the star writes. 

“Sheree and I were in the first few months of our marriage with a brand-new baby and for Sheree, I can imagine that this experience was unsettling to say the least,” writes Smith, 53, in his memoir, which is able to go on sale on Nov. 9 and is solely excerpted on this week’s situation of PEOPLE. “She’d married a guy named Will Smith and now she was living with a guy named Paul Poitier,” his character’s identify within the film. “And to make matters worse, during shooting I fell in love with Stockard Channing. 

“After the movie wrapped, Sheree and Trey and I moved again to L.A,” the actor and singer continues. “Our marriage was off to a rocky begin. I discovered myself desperately craving to see and communicate to Stockard.” 

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There are many such complicated and nuanced stories in Will. It’s a candid look at Smith’s often-difficult childhood; the end of his relationship with Zampino, 53; his 23-year marriage to Jada Pinkett Smith, 50; and his journey as a father to Trey, 29, Jaden, 23, and Willow, 21. Despite his decades of success across the film and music industries, Smith writes that he treasures his personal relationships the most. “To love and to be cherished is the very best human reward,” he writes. 

The Six Degrees scene in Will shouldn’t be the primary time he is opened up about his emotions for Channing. In a sit-down interview with Esquire in February 2015, Smith talked in regards to the “risks” of method acting. 

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“With Six Degrees of Separation, I received a style early of the hazards of going too far for a personality,” he told the magazine. “My character was in love with Stockard Channing’s character. And I really fell in love with Stockard Channing.”

“Will Smith the human being did?” asked Esquire reporter Scott Raab.

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“Will Smith. So the film was over and I went home, and I used to be dying to see Stockard. I used to be like, ‘Oh no! What have I carried out?’ ” Smith told Esquire. “That was my final expertise with Method performing, the place you are reprogramming your thoughts. You’re really enjoying round along with your psychology. You train your self to love issues and to dislike issues.”

He continued: “It is a very harmful place if you get good at it. But as soon as I had that have, I used to be like, No extra Method performing. I used to be spending—for Six Degrees, I needed to carry out effectively so badly that I used to be spending six and 7 and eight days in character earlier than capturing, and you must watch out with that.” 

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When asked about the story a couple of weeks later, Channing told Page Six that she was “flattered.”

“Well, I’m very flattered,” Channing informed the outlet at a “Six Degrees of Stockard Channing” event in March 2015. “That’s a beautiful factor . . . I adored him from the primary time I laid eyes on him as a result of I believed he was genuinely candy. I felt very protecting of him, as a result of it was his first huge job. It’s superb for me to listen to that he felt that approach, I’m delighted.”


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